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    Senseless - adjective or adverb

    Hello teachers and learners,

    In the Oxford dictionary, it is written that 'senseless' is an adjective and one of its meanings is 'unconscious'.
    For the meaning 'unconscious', there are an example sentence:
    'She drank herself senseless.'

    As long as I know, standing after a verb in an adverb. So 'senseless' standing after 'drank' (a verb) must be an adverb, right?
    Or am I having wrong understanding about this?
    Please explain to me.

    Thanks in advance. :)

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    Re: Senseless - adjective or adverb

    No—it's an adjective. It describes the woman, not the manner in which she drank.

    Rover

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    Re: Senseless - adjective or adverb

    She drank alcohol until she was in a state of senselessness.

    We use "drank oneself" sometimes, usually when we are making it clear that someone drank alcohol voluntarily and probably had, at the very least, a bit too much and sometimes to show that they had a problem with alcohol.

    She drank herself silly.
    She drank herself senseless.
    She drank herself to liver failure.
    She drank herself to death.

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    Re: Senseless - adjective or adverb

    You could call it a resultative adjective if you like.

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    Re: Senseless - adjective or adverb

    Yes, now I understand. :)
    Thank you so much for your help and explanations.

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